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The Best of Tamilee: Buns, Abs & Arms Workout

Yesterday, we were lucky enough to interview the one and only Tamilee Webb. In the Q&A, Tamilee seems much like she was 10 years ago in those first Buns of Steel DVDs—well spoken, smart, in hella good shape and giving sound advice. And I’m happy to report that the Ms. Webb that you get in her latest DVD, The Best of Tamilee: Buns, Abs & Arms Workout, is just like the one you get in the interview. She’s full of great tips, cues fantastically and is charming as heck. The only thing that’s really changed is her outfit, as she’s traded in her Buns of Steel-baring leotards for more low-key outfits. (And for the record, I feel totally comfortable playing this one in my home when company comes over.)

The DVD features three 15-minute segments of moves that are, as the name implies, the best of Abs, Buns and Arms of Steel (which is totally genius, by the way). And every section is spot-on with exercises that are challenging, functional (you get to work on your balance a lot), fun and surprisingly unique, as they’re not moves that you’ve seen much outside of the Steel series. You get a quick, to-the-point warm-up and cool down, both lasting 3 minutes each. The DVD features a customizable menu (this should be standard on all DVDs methinks), and all you need is a mat, some weights and a step if you have it. If not, you can totally modify the moves on the good ol’ floor.

In Buns, Tamilee challenges you with one-legged squats w/a knee up, squats with pulses and lunges with a back leg lift. In Abs, she hits ya with pelvic tilts (always giggle worthy but totally effective), slow bicycles and reverse curls with a side crunch. Believe me; you feel it. In Arms, she busts out more combo moves with lateral raises plus hip extensions, triceps plus calf raises and upright rows with a plié. It’s good. It’s solid. I don’t think I would change a thing, except the music in Buns and Abs, which was pretty forgettable. (Note to producers: Pump up the fun, like you did in the Arms section that featured some Bollywood type stuff. So fun!)

My absolute fave part of the DVD though isn’t the moves. It’s Tamilee. She’s so natural in front of the camera, she gives great tips on proper form without being overly scientific, and she keeps it real. In fact, she actually tells the truth, disclosing that her ab moves may not give you a six-pack. OMG. For that, she says you have to have the right genetics and be darn lean with a healthy diet and cardio. I may have developed a fitness crush on her at that moment. The infatuation continued when she sympathized with me that it’s hard to focus on the internal benefits of exercise because no one comes up to you and says, “Hey, nice liver.” Finally, she sealed the deal when she told me to focus on what I like about myself and not beat myself up for what I don’t. Spoken like a true Fit Bottomed Girl.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Music: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★1/2

Fit Bottom line: Hands down, one of the best DVDs we’ve reviewed this year. Whether or not you’re a fan of the original Buns of Steel series, I promise you’ll be a fan of this one. —Jenn

Want to try this DVD? We have a copy to give away, plus a copy of her other Best of Tamilee WebbDVD featuring thighs, abs and cardio. Two chances to win! Hooray! To enter, all you have to do is live in the U.S., and comment below or e-mail us at contact@fitbottomedgirls.com by Monday, April 20th. Easy, right?

Want to check out more workout DVD by fitness veterans? check out Denise Austin’s Body Burn and Kathy Smith’s Total Body Lift.

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  1. Janie says:

    I heart Tamilee Webb!!! And have done many of her workouts. I would love a new Tamilee DVD!!

  2. Natalie says:

    looks like a great dvd! i’ve never tried any of Tamilee’s stuff – would love to try it!

  3. SeeGirlRun says:

    I used to do Tamilee’s videos when leotards and leg warmers were in style. I would love this video – like meeting back up with an old friend.


  4. Grace says:

    Ooh! Pick me, pick me!!

  5. Kimberly says:

    I had the Buns of Steel videos on VHS and did them all through out college and grad school. Then they got lost in my move to my new home. Sigh! So I am super excited about the chance to win her new DVD’s.

  6. Moonlight Dancer says:

    I too had at one time the Buns of Steels series on VHS, the girls in my dorm used to go to the common area and have a workout together, it was killer. I would LOVE to have the new dvds.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Sounds like an awesome DVD! I would LOVE to try it! Nice review, per usual 🙂

  8. L. Elizabeth says:

    I would LOVE to win this! I need to upgrade my workout DVD collection!


  9. evie says:

    Sounds great! I’d love to have it!

  10. Kelly S. says:

    Good luck to everyone! Fingers crossed!

  11. pseudostoops says:

    I never did buns of steel, and feel vaguely relieved to have skipped the whole leotard phase, but I’d love to try this.

  12. Sagan says:

    Wow, that’s a good rating! Sounds like a fun workout.

  13. tfh says:

    One of the best DVDs? And I can do it in 15 minute segments? I can’t wait to try it!

  14. thenotsoskinnykitchen says:

    I just found your site a couple days ago and am loving it so far, and I’m always looking to expand my workout DVD collection 🙂

  15. Andi Cunningham says:

    wow! i definitely want to try this dvd! thanks for the great recommendation!

  16. Lori says:

    Just got to catch up on the interview! I have always been a huge fan of Tamilee. Buns of Steel was the first exercise video I think I purchased. I loved the series.

  17. britneysmurf83 says:

    I am a fan of Buns of Steel, so I think I would really enjoy this.

  18. Michelle says:

    Pick me 🙂

  19. Playful Professional says:

    I’m always looking for new workouts, especially for arms and this one looks great! Count me in!

  20. Renae N. says:

    Ooo! Oooo! Pick me! Pick me!! I grew up hearing about buns and abs of steel and never really know what it was about. Now that I know, I TOTALLY wanna try her workout!

    (By the way, just so no one thinks I am a random freak, I am 21. You don’t care about buns and abs when you are younger.)

  21. megankortepeter says:

    Tamilee is an oldy but a goody! I’d love to win.

  22. Vicki says:

    Thank you Fit Bottomed Girls! From the fit bottom of my heart,

  23. liz says:

    I really liked her I want that body dvd series and would love to try this dvd.

  24. Mauri Roy says:

    I totally want to try this! I’ve never done any of her videos before but this sounds like one I would really like!!

  25. Linda Burns says:

    I have always had problem arms. Would love to own this video and track my progress.

  26. katie hofmann says:

    I would love to score this DVD-I always change up my exercise routine and this would be an excellent addition!

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